My Sweet Marie

Mosquito Season In Ontario

Posted on: July 12, 2011

Is it just me or are the mosquitoes plentiful this year? I hear that because of the wet spring, the mosquitoes were able to lay many eggs and now are hatching and multiplying like rabbits in spring! We have lived at this house for 15 years and never have I had trouble with mosquitoes until this year! We have sandy soil so not a great place for them to mate, hatch or live! But this year seems different for sure. I have heard many people complain about them too so I’ve decided to compile a list of ways to deal with those bites!

  • first, try to avoid sitting water in your yard in bird baths, ditches, buckets or ceramic pots.
  • mosquitoes love the twilight hours… wear a bug repellant if you’ll be out in those hours.
  • Try applying a cool compress on the bite such as an ice pack wrapped in a towel or a washcloth soaked in cold water to keep yourself from scratching.
  • Wash the infected area with mild soap and water. This will provide temporary relief from the itch and will also wash away any bacteria on the skin.
  • If the itch is unbearable, topical anesthetics containing pramoxine take away pain and itching.
  • Anti-itching medications such as calamine lotion and cortisone creams can relieve itching for a significant period of time. Homemade remedies can also be helpful. Applying vinegar or a paste made of baking soda and water to the bite is effective.
  • If you are one of the unlucky few who experience allergic reactions to mosquito bites, anti-inflammatory medication containing ibuprofen such as Motrin, Advil, and Alleve can reduce redness, pain, itching, swelling and fever.
  • If you feel dizzy or nauseated after you have been bitten, it could be an indication of a severe allergic reaction. It is recommended that you seek medical attention immediately.

I hope these tips will be helpful to you and if you have other ideas for me, please do comment and I will post them!

Sweetest regards,

Sweet Marie

 

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